Published: 24/05/2011 05:00



Germany’s Bavaria state focuses on ties with
Vietnamese localities

The German state of Bavaria is keen to strengthen
economic cooperation with Vietnam’s localities.

Minister of Federal and European Affairs Emilia Mueller and Vietnamese
Consul-General to Germany Nguyen Huu Trang. (Source: Vietnamplus)

State Minister of Federal and European Affairs,
Emilia Mueller affirmed this at a reception for outgoing Vietnamese
Consul-General to Germany Nguyen Huu Trang on May 24.

Bavarian enterprises, which have sought
investment opportunities in Vietnam, are satisfied with the business environment
in the country, she said.

On the occasion, she also spoke highly of the
role of Vietnam’s Consulate General and Consul-General in making contributions
to boosting political, economic, cultural and educational cooperation between
Vietnam’s localities and Bavaria, in particular, and between Vietnam and Germany
in general.

Consul-General Trang reviewed the results of
cooperation between Vietnam and Germany as well as between Bavaria and
Vietnamese localities, through the exchange of delegations and business

The official said he hoped the state government
would continue to create conditions for the Vietnamese community there, so they
could make more economic contributions.

Ukraine-Vietnam relations turn to new page

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishenko has
highlighted the growing relations between Ukraine and Vietnam.

Receiving the Vietnamese Ambassador to Ukraine,
Ho Dac Minh Nguyet, on May 23, FM Grishenko said the agreements reached between
the two countries during Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovik’s recent visit to
Vietnam will surely be implemented and bilateral political and socio-economic
cooperation will be further strengthened.

Ambassador Nguyet affirmed that President
Yanukovik’s recent visit to Vietnam had lifted bilateral relations to a new
level of comprehensive cooperation and partnership, contributing to
consolidating and strengthening ties between the two foreign ministries.

She also mentioned the implementation of the
agreements reached between leaders of the two countries, including preparations
for Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Ukraine and joint governmental
committee meeting in Kiev.

On the occasion, the ambassador also thanked
Ukraine for creating favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese living in
such cities as Kharkov, Odessa and Donetsk.

Vietnamese businesses seek cooperation with Russia

Vietnamese businesses and their counterparts from
Russia’s Ulyanosk province have been urged to promote the exchange of
information to identify areas in which they can cooperate.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Bui Dinh Dinh
went on a fact-finding tour to Ulyanosk province from April 21-23 during which
he met and worked with provincial Governor Sergei Morozov.

Dinh briefed Morozov on Vietnam’s current
socio-economic development and introduced the country’s potential as well as its
role and position in the international and regional arena.

The ambassador acknowledged that Vietnam’s
wide-ranging achievements over the years are partly a result of contributions
made by Russian friends, including those in Ulyanosk province.

Morozov said his province is willing to cooperate
with Vietnamese partners in areas of economics, culture, education, and
information technology, and will offer a number of incentives to the Vietnamese
community and businesses investing in Ulvanosk.

He supported the idea of opening a Vietnamese
restaurant and contributing Vietnamese style building in his province.

While in the Russian province, the Vietnamese
delegation attended the first International Air Transport Forum, and held
working sessions with the President of Ulyanosk Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, and the Directors of the provincial Department of Immigration and the
Department of Education to discuss possibilities of cooperation.

Vietnam, Indonesia boost audit cooperation

State Audit of Vietnam (SAV) Chief Auditor Vuong
Dinh Hue city and Chairman of the Supreme Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BKPRI)
Hadi Poernomo has discussed possibilities for bilateral audit cooperation.

During the talks held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on
May 24, the two sides touched on measures to promote the development of the
Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) through its working

They agreed on the need to accelerate the
establishment of the supreme audit institution of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN SAI) with four co-founders: Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia
and Brunei.

BKPRI Chairman Hadi Poernomo welcomed the first
visit to Indonesia by SAV Chief Auditor Hue which, he said, has laid a
foundation for close cooperation between BKPRI and SAV.

He briefed the guests on BKPRI activities and the
country’s plan to set up an e-audit committee to increase the accuracy and
effectiveness of state audit activities.
While in Indonesia from May 23-27, SAV Chief Auditor Hue was scheduled to pay a
courtesy visit to Indonesian House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Promono
Anung Wibowo and hold a working session with the Indonesia State Audit Agency in
Bali to discuss possibilities for cooperation between SAV and BKPRI affiliates.

Officials to boost
co-operation on labour issues with Laos

Vietnamese and Lao labour and
social welfare officials gathered in the northern Lao province of Xieng Khouang
yesterday, May 24, for the second Viet Nam-Laos ministerial meeting on labour

The meeting was an opportunity for
both sides to share their experiences since the first meeting in the Vietnamese
central city of Da Nang in 2009, said Lao Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
Onnecchanh Thammavong.

It also provided a forum for
discussing labour mechanisms and ways to improve labour management and
investment effectiveness in the context of both countries’ increasing
co-operation and investment, he added.

Vietnamese Minister of Labour,
Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the event marked a new step
in the field of labour and social welfare between the two countries, as well as
the two relevant ministries.

In the meeting, the two sides
discussed concrete proposals for co-operation in state management, thus
contributing to implementing commitments made by the two countries’ leaders,
said Ngan.

The meeting focused on reviewing
results from cooperative labour programmes over the past two years and discussed
future strategies. Both sides planned to focus bilateral co-operation on
policies on jobs, vocational training, unemployment insurance, overseas labour
management and labour export.

In addition, the meeting dealt with
priorities and measures to continue implementing bilateral programmes in
vocational training and devising skill standards.

Viet Nam and Laos have seen strong
development in bilateral investment co-operation. Viet Nam now runs 248
investment projects with a total registered capital of US$3.1 billion in Laos,
mainly in electricity, mining, agriculture and services.

Cambodia welcomes Vietnamese
Agent Orange delegation

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men
Sam An received a delegation of the Viet Nam Association of Victims of Agent
Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) in Phnom Penh on Monday.

The Cambodian Deputy PM praised
Viet Nam’s policies and VAVA’s activities in its persistant struggle to demand
justice for Vietnamese AO victims.

Men Sam An, who is also President
of the Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD), was interested in
VAVA’s information on the spraying of the toxic substances by the US army on
Cambodian land during the war, especially the area near the border with Viet

The Deputy PM said she would report
the issue to her government with the aim of promoting possible research into the
impacts of AO on Cambodian people.

VAVA President Nguyen Van Rinh said
the excellent relations between the two countries created favourable conditions
for the two peoples to jointly fight for justice for AO victims in both Viet Nam
and Cambodia.

At the meeting, VAVA also gave an
overview of some of its AO research projects in Viet Nam.


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